Apex court to hear MP on whether gov't can sue for defamation

Hafiz Yatim

Modified 18 Oct 2016, 10:31 am

Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen’s application for leave to appeal a controversial Court of Appeal ruling that the federal or state government or its agencies can sue an individual for defamation, is set before the appeal court tomorrow.

The application will be heard by the highest court in the country in Putrajaya, where Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyperson, will be represented by lawyer Ranjit Singh.

The landmark decision six months ago has big implications on individuals, especially politicians, because if the Federal Court agrees with it, the government or its agencies can sue any individual for defaming it.

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